NYCFC academy product Gio Reyna 9th in Ballon d’Or ranking of world’s best U21 players

The 2021 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony kicked off on Monday in Paris, where some of the world’s best players are set to be honored with one of the sport’s most prestigious individual awards.

New York City Football Academy producer and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gio Reina was among the nominees for the Raymond Kopa Award for World Under-21 Player of the Year, finishing ninth. The winners of tonight’s top honors, Ballon d’Or (Best Men’s Player) and Ballon d’Or Feminin (Women’s Player), were respectively legendary Lionel Messi and Barcelona star Alexia Putellas.

Reina finished in the top 10 of the Copa Cup, as she tied with Belgian striker Jeremy Duques of Rennes in Ligue 1.

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